Oban pupils go full "STEM" ahead at new school event

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Published Date: 

15 Sep 2017 - 17:04

A group of young people were treated to a VIP tour of the new Oban High School after winning a hard-fought competition.

A total of 64 primary five, six and seven pupils from primary schools across Oban and Lorn attended a STEM showcase event (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to gain an insight into the world of construction and battle it out in a series of competitions.

The event was organised by Argyll and Bute Council, in partnership with Morrison Construction and hubNorth Scotland, and saw the children tasked with building a variety of items using simple, everyday items.

These included creating a bridge out of straws, strong enough to carry a toy car, and making a wind powered turbine with enough power to raise a paper cup.

The competition was tense, with everyone eager to win, but in the end it was Argyll Construction who came out on top to win the VIP tour of the new school and a trophy which was very kindly donated by hubNorth Scotland.

The Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: “What a wonderful event. It allowed our children to gain first-hand experience of how STEM subjects form a part of our everyday lives, whilst learning and having fun at the same time.

“The tasks gave children the opportunity to look at issues from original viewpoints and come up with innovative solutions as a team.

"STEM subjects are extremely important and as our young people grow there will be an increased demand for industry professionals in these subjects.

“I am delighted they were given the opportunity to participate and would like to congratulate everyone who took part.”

Argyll Construction was made up of:

Jenny Whitelaw

Appin Primary School

Ewan Dowd

Park Primary School

Drew Walker

Lochnell Primary School

Rufus Hughes

Rockfield Primary School

Jamie Edwards

Kilninver Primary School

Mya MacCormick

Dunbeg Primary School

Gracie Hallam

Bunessan Primary School

Aaron Dott

Oban High School

Derek Stuart

Currie and Brown